Postdoctoral Research Associate in Optical Spectroscopy, Women Only

Sydney, Australia
AU$95,000 - AU$105,000 per annum + Super
Friday, 30 July 2021
End of advertisement period
Saturday, 4 September 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
  • Opportunity for a female researcher to make valuable contributions to research on molecular photophysics
  • Located at the School of Chemistry building, Camperdown Campus
  • Full-time or Part-time, fixed-term until 31 December 2023 offering a base salary $95K - $105K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer's contribution to superannuation

About the opportunity

We are looking for suitably qualified Postdoctoral Research Associate to undertake research in the research group of A/Prof Girish Lakhwani at the University of Sydney in time-resolved spectroscopy of advanced organic molecular materials. Understanding exciton-polariton photophysics in weak and strong light-matter coupling regimes is of particular interest. The appointee will join a multidisciplinary research team, with strong interactions with other research groups and institutions working under the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science. The overall mission of the Centre is to examine and manipulate the way light energy is absorbed, transported and transformed in advanced molecular materials. The appointee will benefit from collaboration across Centre nodes, an annual scientific meeting, and international partnerships.

We are welcoming applications from female candidates, we recognise career interruption and support flexible working arrangements. The time-fraction of this position is negotiable in the range 0.6-1.0 Full Time Equivalent and can be renegotiated as needed during the term of the contract. Similarly, flexible working hours are also negotiable.

This position is exempt under section 126 of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977, to conduct targeted recruitment programs for women.

The University of Sydney (USyd) is Australia's premier University with an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence and employs over 7500 permanent staff supporting over 49,000 students.

The School of Chemistry is regularly ranked among the top 50 in the world and is one of the main centres for chemical research and education in Australia. We attract an outstanding cohort of undergraduate students as well as postgraduate research students to this vibrant and world-class research environment.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD in physical chemistry, applied physics or a related discipline (or near completion)
  • high-level expertise in transient absorbance spectroscopy or single molecule spectroscopy
  • high-level proficiency in building, aligning and modifying optical spectroscopy setups
  • experience in oversight and routine maintenance of sophisticated optical spectrometers and setups.
  • skills in thin film fabrication and characterisation
  • demonstrated ability to conduct research/scholarly activities under limited supervision
  • the ability and a willingness to collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to contribute to long-term research goals
  • excellent communication (written and verbal), organizational and problem-solving skills with attention to detail

Key tasks of the appointee will also include contributing to the milestones of the Centre's research platforms, light emitting devices and coherent control of excitons, liaise and have frequent discussions with collaborators and prepare reports on research progress. The successful applicant is expected to be involved in supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research projects and take on a leadership role in the day-to-day operations of the laser laboratory. The ability to work both as part of a team, and independently, coupled with excellent communication, organisational and problem-solving skills is required.

We would ideally have the successful applicant start the role immediately once appointed, however this is open to negotiation with a start date prior to the 31st of January 2022.

To apply for this role, please attach a cover letter to your application, addressing how you meet the criteria listed above. Please provide examples as appropriate.


Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

Visa sponsorship is only available for this position for candidates who are currently located within Australia and candidates residing in New Zealand. 

Closing time: 11:30 pm 4th September 2021

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The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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